This delicious recipe for Green Tomato Pizza with Smoked Chicken and Truffle Crema is amazing. You won’t regret the little bit of extra work. Try it this weekend!
8 oz smoked chicken or turkey, pulled
½ red bell pepper, slivered
8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices
2 tbsp fresh corn kernels (drain well if using canned)
4 or 5 fresh basil leaves, lightly chopped
Run warm water until it is around 110°F, then measure one cup into a small bowl. Add the sugar and whisk, then sprinkle in the yeast and let sit until it blooms, five to 10 minutes.
With a stand mixer, mix together the flour, salt and Italian seasoning. Pour in the water/yeast and blend on low speed until combined. Add one tsp of the olive oil and continue to blend until a dough forms, then keep mixing for five or six minutes. Lightly flour a Dough Rolling Mat, dump the dough onto it, and form into a ball. Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of olive oil into a large mixing bowl to coat the inside of the bowl. Transfer the dough ball to the bowl, cover with a damp towel, and let rise until it doubles in size, about 1½ hours.
While the dough is rising, prepare the sauce. Use one tsp of the olive oil to lightly oil the green tomatoes and char on the Big Green Egg, then set aside. In a small stockpot over medium heat, heat the remaining olive oil, add the onion and cook until softened, three to four minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Core and chop the tomatoes and add them along with the salt, pepper, sugar, vinegar and red pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, then decrease the heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are soft. Stir in the basil and oregano, then, using an immersion blender (or food processor), blend until smooth.
To make the truffle crema, whisk the crema and truffle oil together. Store covered in the refrigerator until needed.
When the dough has risen, place on a lightly floured Dough Rolling Mat and knead four or five times, then divide into four parts. Roll out each piece into a 10 in (25 cm) circle (the thinner the better).
To assemble, spoon ½ cup (120 ml) sauce onto each crust and spread with the bottom of a spoon. Lay fresh mozzarella cheese on the pizza, then sprinkle smoked chicken, red bell pepper and fresh corn kernels over the pizzas.
Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 600°F/316°C. Add a Pizza & Baking Stone. Dust a Pizza Peel with cornmeal, add a pizza, and slide onto the stone for five to six minutes, or until the crust is browned and any cheese is melted. Remove and drizzle the Truffle Crema over the pizza, using a fork. Then sprinkle on the basil and serve.
Makes four (10 in) pizzas
Pizza Dough Ingredients
1 cup warm water
1 tsp active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
1½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp dried Italian seasoning (optional)
2 tsp olive oil, divided
Green Tomato Pizza Sauce Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
5 medium green tomatoes
½ cup thinly sliced sweet or white onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp hot red pepper flakes
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 tsp diced fresh oregano
Truffle Crema Ingredients
½ cup crema
1½ tsp white truffle olive oil
Recipe from Big Green Egg and photo courtesy of Stephanie Mullins. Read more about Melissa in our Lifestyle Magazine and then try your hand at her pizza recipe! Recipe courtesy of “Smoking Hot in the South: New Grilling Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue,” by Andrews McMeel.